Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Deal flow is key to a startup investor’s success. 

Investors seeking startups to fund can follow these steps to attract deal flow:

Build a global network of venture partners, scouts, and micro funds. Showcase your network to the startup community to capture more startup interest. 

Set up a series of meetings to attract startups seeking education, networking, and mentorship.

Provide content that helps startups.

Launch an accelerator program.

Provide programs for early-stage startups to organize their business. 

Join pitch competitions as a judge or coach.

Provide a forum for startups to practice their pitch and gain experience answering questions.

Start a dinner series and invite promising startups to join for socializing and networking with investors.

A dinner meeting is a great way to foster the community and connect startups and investors.

Launch a newsletter with helpful information.

Set up a podcast and interview key people in the community.

Set up these programs to run continually throughout the year with an event happening every month.

It takes a year or two to generate awareness and another year to establish a brand.

Consistency is key, so set up a support team to help make it happen.


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In this episode, Hall welcomes Greg Foster, Founder & CEO at Vizen Analytics.

Headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington, Vizen offers a fully-managed cloud AI consumption-based subscription service that maximizes forecast accuracy while reducing inventory holding costs. They enable a better way to project product demand while preventing overstock waste and inventory stock-out conditions. Vizen provides everything your business needs to succeed without making a significant digital IT investment. They do all the work including historical data analysis that’s presented in a gorgeous SaaS UI with integrated SKU predictions. 

Greg has over 20 years of sales leadership and technology-based business development experience building great teams and executing successful projects working for and with Fortune 500 companies including Sprint, NTT, Nestle, and Toshiba America. His visionary, strategic thinking has played a role in the implementation of IoT platforms, smart power solutions, and AI-driven supply chain mobility. He has created IP using external data to improve demand forecast accuracy. Before launching Vizen Analytics, Greg gained experience working on other startup-related projects.

Greg speaks about growth in the manufacturing/supply chain segment, the primary trends, his participation in the sector, and changes expected in the coming 12 months.

You can visit Vizen Analytics at, and via LinkedIn at

Greg can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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